Categories: Arts Calendar

Aug. 9-11: SF Mime Troupe Seeing Red, Tenderloin A-Z, Poem Jam, Jason Morris, Keith Gessen, San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, TheatreWorks New Works Festival, Where the Boys Are, Saturday Night Fever, SF Shakespeare Festival, #GetGandhi

THURSDAY, AUG. 9

Seeing Red-A Time-Traveling Musical: The San Francisco Mime Troupe’s free 2018 show, about a disillusioned Trump voter who travels in time to 1912, when her town was a hotbed of the American Socialist party, comes to the Bayview. [7 p.m., Bayview Opera House
4705 Third St., S.F.]

Tenderloin Neon A-Z: The collaboration between the Tenderloin Museum, SF Neon and San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development to restore neon signs in the Tenderloin neighborhood launches with a film screening and discussion. [6:30 p.m., Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St., S.F.]

Poem Jam: San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck reads in the monthly series, with special guests MK Chavez, Cassandra Dallett and Jenny Davis. [6 p.m., Latino Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Jason Morris: The San Francisco-based writer reads from his first full-length collection of poetry “Levon Helm” with Oakland poet Nicholas James Whittington. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Keith Gessen: The novelist speaks about his latest book, “A Terrible Country,” about a young man coming to terms with his Russian birth and American upbringing, in conversation with Lydia Kiesling, editor of The Millions, a books and culture website. [7:30 p.m., Bindery, 1727 Haight St., S.F.]

Desi Comedy Fest: The fifth annual event, created by producers-comedians Samson Koletkar and Abhay Nadkarni and showcasing more than two dozen comics of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Iranian, Syrian-Mexican, Libyan, Japanese and Filipino backgrounds, opens its 11-day run. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave, S.F.]

Swearin’: The indie DIY punk band with Allison Crutchfield, Kyle Gilbride, Jeff Bolt and Amanda Bartley has a new album, “Fall into the Sun,” coming out in October. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

United for Compassion 2: The community gathering to address family separations at the border and the Muslim ban, racial/religious scapegoating and other issues, features speakers, performances and a Wall of Compassion. [7 p.m., Japantown Peace Plaza, Post and Buchanan streets, S.F.]

Tree Frog Treks-Amphibians & Reptiles: In the San Francisco Public Library Summer Stride program for ages 5 and older, naturalists introduce animals from tiny Pacific Tree Frogs to 14-foot long Burmese Pythons. [1 p.m., Visitacion Valley branch, 201 Leland Ave., S.F.]

Barry Bonds Family Foundation Soulcycle Fundraiser: Instruction Stacey Griffith leads the cycle workout, where participants can meet and greet the baseball star, all to benefit UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Family House and Giants Community Fund. [7 p.m., SoulCycle, 75 First St., S.F.]

Comedy at Ashkenaz!; Dan St Paul, Milt Abel, Jill Maragos and Lisa Geduldig appear in the East Bay standup show. [8 p.m., Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley]

FRIDAY, AUG. 10

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2018: The 29th annual event, with more than 100 acts on 10 stages in and around Plaza de César Chavez Park, opens with headliners Confunkshun at 7:30 and Lalah Hathaway on 9:30 p.m. Friday; Johnny Gill plays at 8 p.m. Saturday; Herb Alpert and Lani Hall appear at 4 p.m. and Kool and the Gang at 6 p.m. Sunday. [Music begins at 6 p.m., Sobrato Organization Main Stage, 1 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose]

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s 2018 New Works Festival: The opening night of the nine-day event features a keynote address by playwright Suzanne Bradbeer titled “Roxy and Buffy Walk Into a Bar… Or How My Alter Ego Helps Me Find My Inner Slayer.” [8 p.m., Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Where The Boys Are: Performance art group FaultLine Theater opens the show by Vanessa Flores, which is set in a world where “all the boys are gone.” [8 p.m., Strand Theater, 1127 Market St., S.F.]

Desi Comedy Fest: The second day of the fifth annual Bay Area extravaganza continues on the peninsula. [8 p.m., Aragon Theater, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo]

Starry, Starry Night: Outdoor festivities include telescope viewing of the Perseid meteor showers, art making, glow-in-the-dark games, a galactic themed selfie station, hiking, dancing, performances and a family-friendly movie. [6:30 p.m., Montalvo Park Grounds, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga]

Saturday Night Fever: Broadway By the Bay opens a three week run of a stage musical based on the iconic 1970s-set disco movie featuring hits by the Bee Gees. [8 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Five Alarm Funk: The eclectic eight piece band from Vancouver appears in a post-Outside Lands party show with Bay Funk Allstars (members of Sweet Plot, Solwave, Azphyryx and special guests). [9:20 p.m., Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St., S.F.]

The Official Vampire Diaries and Originals Convention: Paul Wesley (appearing Saturday) is among the celebrity guests attending the three days of parties, panels, contest, photo and autograph opportunities dedicated to the fantasy TV shows. [Noon to 6 p.m., Hyatt Regency SFO, 1333 Bayshore Highway]

Belly: The 1990s alt-dream-pop-rock band is promoting “Dove,” its first full length-album release in 23 years. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Harry Potter Film Concert Series: A live symphony orchestra performs John Williams’ score from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” while the film plays on a 40-foot screen in the first of five weekend performances. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Mortified SF: The monthly comic excavation of embarrassing adolescent writing, art and media includes contributions by Amber Milner, Jessica Kadosh, Lori Fowler, Brad Milison and Kevin Wofsy, with musical accompaniment by The Freeze. [7:30 p.m., DNA Lounge, 11th St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, AUG. 11

Salesforce Transit Center Neighborhood Block Party: The facility opens with free activities including music, fitness classes, games, tours, exhibits, performances, shops, food and the once-in-a lifetime opportunity for visitors to walk onto the roadway Cable Stay Bridge before bus service begins. [Noon to 4 p.m., Mission and Fremont streets, S.F.]

S.F. Shakespeare Festival
: The 36th season of the Free Shakespeare in the Park series moves to San Mateo County (weekends through Aug. 26) with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which follows the misadventures of young lovers, aspiring actors and mischievous fairies. [7 p.m., Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City]

#GetGandhi: The “seriously radical feminist comedy” by Anne Galjour, which focuses on San Francisco women who avenge sex crimes perpetrated by Mahatma Gandhi in his infamous experiments in brahmacharya, or celibacy, opens a three-week run. [8 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s 2018 New Works Festival: The program presents a reading of a musical romance by Paul Gordon based on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and “told with a contemporary edge.” [8 p.m., Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

La Misa Negra: The seven-piece band from Oakland is known for its unique blend of heavyweight cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Paseo Artístico Art Stroll: Calle 24, the all-ages, daylong event on 24th Street includes music and dance from Latino and indigenous artists, poetry and literary arts from Central American writers, indigenous food demonstration and mural-making. [Bilingual mural tour begins at 11 a.m., Precita Eyes Muralists, 2981 24th St., S.F.]

Anniversary! Stories by Tobias Wolff and George Saunders: Word for Word, the classy San Francisco literary troupe celebrating 25 years, opens its fall show of stories by two favorite authors: Wolff’s “Deep Kiss” and Saunders’ “Victory Lap.” [7 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Corkscrewed Comedy: Natasha Muse, Kevin Whittinghill, Annick Adelle, Florentina Tanase and James Mwaura appear in the free evening of standup in the inner Sunset. [8 p.m., InnerFog Wine Bar, 545 Irving St., S.F.]

Rosie Rally Home Front Festival: The free family-friendly event with food, costume contests, dancing and more celebrates the legacy of Rosie the Riveter, the World War II icon representing the women who worked in factories and shipyards. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South. Richmond]

The Nightowls: The Austin-based 10-piece soul-pop-funk band appears in a free show, playing from its latest album “We Are The Nightowls.” [6 p.m. Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., S.F.]

Pirates of Penzance: Lamplighters Music Theatre presents the Gilbert & Sullivan classic, with director Nicolas Aliaga Garcia framing the production through a modern lens. [2 and 8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

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